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Kathmandu: Nepal has planned to resume passenger railway services after a 7-year suspension as two sets of rails that Kathmandu purchased from India have arrived in Janakpur city.
“The Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit rail sets arrived at Janakpur at around 1.40 p.m. on Friday,” Balram Mishra, director general at the Department of Railway told Xinhua news agency.
The Railway Department said that it would take at least one and half months to restart the services as it was currently working to recruit necessary human resources. It will be the country’s first ever broad-gauge passenger railway service.
The service will start from Kurtha, an area close to Janakpur town to Jayanagar, a town bordering India, and the distance is around 35 km, according to the Department.
There was an operation of Janakpur-Jaynagar railway service in the past but on a narrow gauge line, and the service completely halted seven years ago.
In order to resume railway service, the Department planned to recruit over 200 staff gradually. (IANS)